The problem with the Baptist Fundamentalist Evangelical position is that it conveniently neglects to point to the Scriptures that tell us that we will not be given some form of examination question to enter into heaven.
Jesus told us many things about getting into the Kingdom of Heaven and He told us how difficult it will be for some to enter:
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; because the judgements you give are the judgements you will get, and the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given.” (Mt. 7:1-3)
Here is warning number one for all of the Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Fundamentalists and others who judge Catholics and call us idolators. If they condemn us to hell, then what kind of condemnation awaits those who make false accusations?
“So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets” (Mt 7: 12)
This is an indication that how we treat others will affect our entry into the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Enter by the narrow gate, since the road that leads to perdition is wide and spacious, and many take it; but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Mt 7: 23-14)
“It is not those who say to me ‘Lord, Lord’ who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of the Father in heaven. When the day comes, many will say to me ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, cast out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?’ Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me you evil men.” (Mt 7: 21-23)
The fundamentalist claim that all one has to do is say a sinner’s prayer and he or she is automatically saved. Yet the words above give a lie to what they preach as Once Saved Always Saved. They do not understand that when they condemn others, especially Catholics, and they make false claims such as Catholics are blasphemous idolators because we allegedly “worship” Mary, and when they refuse to give Mary the respect that is due because of her role as Mother of God, then they are deceiving themselves about salvation.